MINIER — Owen “Ozzie” Adams, 98, of Minier, slipped out of the arms of his loving family safely into the arms of Jesus Christ, his Savior, on Sunday (Oct. 20, 2019) at The Christian Village in Lincoln.
Owen, a man of simple means, lived the richest of lives. He was the fifth of six sons, born to Martin and Bertha Workman Adams, on Nov. 1, 1920, the day prior to the first election held after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment. Because of Owen's birth, Bertha had to wait until the next election to exercise her right to vote for the first time.
He married Phyllis Chamberlin on July 22, 1944, in Atlanta. Later he married Marilyn McDonnald on Nov. 26, 2005. Both wives preceded him in death, as did his five brothers, Noble, Lynn, Verlin, Joseph, Trennouth; and one son-in-law, William Walters.
Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Walters, Morton; Connie (Robert) Zacharich, Defiance, Ohio; and Celest (Darrell) Staples, Minier; nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Owen was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II as a first class boatswain mate from Aug. 5, 1942 through Dec. 12, 1945. He served in both the European African Middle Eastern Campaign and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, having participated in Operation Husky (Sicilian invasion), Operation Overlord (Normandy invasion), and the latter part of Operation Iceberg (Okinawan invasion). During the Normandy invasion, his battleship (the USS Glennon, a DD-620) sunk after hitting a mine, only to be followed by the escort ship that rescued the crew hitting a mine and sinking. Owen received the World War II Victory Medal (with two Battle Stars) and the Good Conduct Medal for his faithful service.
Returning from war, he worked for Willow Farms Dairy, Schertz Electric Hardware, and then Caterpillar, from which he retired. In retirement, he worked as a janitor for Minier Christian Church and for the Bluegrass Creek Golf Course. He served on a number of boards, including those of the vllage of Minier, Little Galilee Christian Assembly and Minier Christian Church. He also served on the Little Mackinaw Volunteer Fire Department and as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent.
Owen was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and a member of the Minier Christian Church; he loved his church and church family. He could be heard praying for each family member in bed at night by name, and he prayed for his church family at mealtime, as the food went from hot to medium warm.
A child could not ask for a better father and grandfather. Though greatly missed, his family is thankful for the faithful promises of Jesus, who provided his salvation as a young boy and now embraces him face-to-face.The family extends their gratitude to friends who visited and prayed with Owen; the staff and community of The Christian Villages in Lincoln who cared for him in recent months; and the staff of Safe Haven Hospice, who provided dignified comfort as he passed from life unto life.
Memorials may be made to Minier Christian Church, P.O. Box 770, Minier, IL 61759, or Little Galilee Christian Assembly, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, IL 62727-9541. The family will receive guests from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at Minier Christian Church, to be followed by a celebration of life, starting at 7 p.m. Rusty Richards, minister, will officiate. Haensel Funeral Home, Minier, is assisting the family with arrangements. Burial will be at Oak View Cemetery, Armington.